Kenyan Court Blocks Kenya Airways Strike

October 12, 2010

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Kenya's industrial court has blocked a planned strike over pay by workers at Kenya Airways, the airline said on Monday.

The Kenya Aviation and Allied Workers Union (AAWU) last week announced an indefinite work stoppage from this Wednesday, and warned the strike could cripple the aviation industry in east Africa's largest economy.

An official at the airline said the court had ruled after being petitioned by the national carrier.

The union said about 5,000 members could take part in the strike, including those who work for other airlines.

Moss Ndiema, chairman of the AAWU, said the union did not now the details of the injunction.

"Once we get the order, we will seek legal advice and announce our next move," he told Reuters by phone.

Kenya Airways this month rejected new pay demands from its workers' union that would cost KES325 million shillings more than agreed in a deal with AAWU in April to increase salaries and said they were unrealistic and illegal.

(Reuters)